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Postby Galloglaich » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:24 pm

Arkon wrote:What manuals and drills would you recommend for solo training? It seems that I'll have to go to PE lessons while studying, but from what the teacher said, we can choose freely what exercises/sports to do, so maybe I could exercise that stuff then. Maybe I could recruit some other people into WMA as there may be some RPG fans.

You have to narrow down your field of interest a little bit to zero-in on which drills or manuals to look at. You should decide a weapon an era, and a region (Germany or Italy, or Britain or Spain) to focus on. For a really good overview of the whole phenomenon, I reccomend this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Martial-Arts-Rena ... 0300083521

here it is on google books

http://books.google.com/books?id=keDBwi ... &q&f=false

There are also pretty good wikis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_sc ... rdsmanship

HEMA is approachable, it's not hugely difficult to get into, but it does require a certain committment, it's not a casual thing exactly. It's a bit more like martial arts training or maybe collegiate type fencing, high-school wrestling or boxing. It's a very physical activity and you have to do a lt of work before you get much payoff in terms of real skill. It's a real Martial Art.

Personally I don't think RPG fans would necessarily be a good source of recruits for HEMA training, a lot of HEMA people like RPGs (unlike me they usually keep it a secret) but I don't think many RPG fans are into historical based RPGs let alone martial arts or fighting. Doing HEMA seriously requires sparring with very few rules, and sparring like that can be kind of painful, so it takes a certain type of person.

For a more casual activity which would probably appeal to a higher percentage of typical RPG fans you might be better off getting into a LARP group.

If you wanted to find people interested in HEMA you'll probably have better results approaching people into Martial Arts, boxing, wrestling etc.., or maybe a re-enactor group like a local SCA group maybe. SCA rapier is HEMA based.

zarlor wrote:Well, there's an ARMA-affiliated fencing school in nearby city. Maybe I'll join them when my financial situation will get a bit better.

Check out this map, there are many groups in the US. Depending on where you live exactly I would recommend a non-ARMA group.

http://www.communitywalk.com/THE-HEMA-A ... ner-Finder

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